The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari would not handover government to a person who had stolen or would steal the nation’s money in 2023.
The Presidency in a statement also said the president would not handpick his successor but would ensure that his likely successor enjoys the support of Nigerians.
This is coming on the heel of a call by the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, that the President should have an influence on the choice of successor in 2023.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while featuring on Channels TV’s Politics Today as a guest said Buhari would not handpick his successor, and neither would he handover to those who would erase the successes recorded by his administration on the fight against corruption.
While reiterating the President resolve not to participate in elective position at the end of his tenure in 2023, Adesina said President Buhari has his exit plan.
“By May 2023, God willing he (the President) would have finished his second term as president. He would not have stood for another term, and he will be exiting. So, he has that at the back of his mind.
“Pastor Bakare said the President should be interested in who succeeds him, yes I’m sure the President will be interested in who succeeds him, but he will not manipulate the process to pick a successor.
“The President will not pick a successor we know him, he is not somebody like that. Will he be interested in the process? Yes, he will.
“He will ensure that there is a free, fair, and credible election; that nobody will come to use money and resources to bamboozle his way into the leadership of the country. It will not happen.
“The President will ensure free, fair, and credible process but to handpick a successor? No, he will not do that.”